Living The Real Life
5 Certainties the believer can trust to be true.
Point of Clarification:
Review of John’s Tests of Faith
Main Point: Genuine believers live a life of full assurance because they have taken God at His word.
You know you have eternal life (13)
God wants you to have full assurance of your faith.
oida (used 7x in this text) — to comprehend the meaning of something; to have a settled and absolute knowledge
ginosko — (used 1x in this text…2nd “know” in v.20 perceived or experiential knowledge
God wants you to have a settled knowledge that you possess eternal life.
1182 γινώσκω (ginōskō): vb.; ≡ DBLHebr 3359; Str 1097; TDNT 1.689—1. LN 28.1 know, recognize, be aware fem. (Ro 1:21); 2. LN 27.2 learn, acquire information, implying personal means (Mk 6:38); 3. LN 27.18 be familiar with, learn to know, through personal experience (Jn 17:3; 1Jn 2:3); 4. LN 32.16 understand, come to know, perceive (Ro 7:7); 5. LN 31.27 acknowledge, to indicate that one does know (1Co 8:3); 6. LN 23.61 have sexual intercourse (Mt 1:25; Lk 1:34); 7. LN 28.74 do secretly (Mt 6:3+), see also ἀριστερά (aristera), ᾶς (as), ἡ (hē), between 753–754